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Man United rethinking future of veteran star following inconsistent season

Manchester United have 'growing doubts' regarding shot-stopper David de Gea.
Manchester United have 'growing doubts' regarding shot-stopper David de Gea. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United have ‘growing doubts’ regarding shot-stopper David de Gea

Manchester United have ‘growing doubts’ regarding keeping David de Gea as the number one in between the sticks ahead of next season, according to the Manchester Evening News.

While Erik ten Hag has backed the shot-stopper publicly, there are reservations in the background over extending his current contract. Some figures at the club want to part ways with the 32-year-old.

The Spain international is set to become a free agent at the end of the campaign. His existing deal will enter its final month soon.

Manchester United have 'growing doubts' regarding shot-stopper David de Gea.
Manchester United are having second thoughts regarding David de Gea. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

As a result, the Old Trafford side are willing to reinforce the squad with a new goalkeeper in the upcoming transfer window due to the uncertainty over De Gea’s role.

The Spaniard has been at United since signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2011. Over the years, he has been the number one for the Red Devils.

However, after the 2018 World Cup, the veteran goalkeeper did see his form dip. Subsequently, it looked like the 32-year-old could lose his place in the Old Trafford side’s starting lineup.

Thankfully, De Gea got back to his best last season and has continued to perform well under Erik ten Hag. But the gaffer seems keen on playing the ball out from the back, which is an area the Spaniard leaves a lot to be desired in.

However, United only have Jack Butland and Tom Heaton in their ranks for now as the backups. With all due respect, the two English nationals are not up to the Red Devils’ standards. Also, Dean Henderson’s future at the Old Trafford side is uncertain.

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De Gea’s error in the 1-0 loss to West Ham United showcased his frailties once again. Therefore, one cannot blame the club for having second thoughts regarding the 32-year-old’s stature in the team.

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